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The Formation Change Gate[1] (フォーメーションチェンジゲート[2] Fōmēshon Chenjig Gēto?) is a gimmick that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When a team passes though a Formation Change Gate, it automatically causes the team to change into either Speed Formation, Power Formation or Fly Formation, depending on the Gate's Formation Signal.[1]

Description

A Fly Formation Change Gate, from Sonic Heroes.

The Formation Change Gates appear to be floating photosensors that gives off three sets of beams of light. These lights are in three different colors, each corresponding to the character type in the game: red for Power Type, yellow for Fly Type and blue for Speed Type.

Overview

In Sonic Heroes, Formation Change Gates are located in various stages. When a team goes through a Formation Change Gate, it will automatically change the team's Formation to the specific Formation that its Formation Signal displays.[1] For example, if Knuckles, the Power Type of Team Sonic, was in the lead of the team and went through a Speed Formation Change Gate, he would be switched out with Sonic, Team Sonic's Speed Type.

The Formation Change Gates mainly serve to automatically switch the chosen team's Formation to the one most suited for the upcoming section of the game's stage that the player has to pass through. However, there are certain occasions where three formation change gates are lined up together, giving the player a choice of the specific formation.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic Heroes (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 25.
  2. Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 22.

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